England cricketer Moeen Ali has opined that white-ball superstars Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone would feel just at home in Test cricket under the guidance of New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, who replaced Chris Silverwood as England Test team head coach recently.
McCullum, who was known for his aggressive manner of batting, captaining the Black Caps, and even coach, has joined hands with new captain Ben Stokes, showing the new revolution in England cricket as they have played positive cricket in the recent Test series against New Zealand.
Jonny Bairstow has scored back-to-back centuries from fewer than 100 balls, with England completing two brilliant successful fourth-innings chases at Lord’s and Trent Bridge.
Moeen Ali Shares His Opinion On Jos Buttler And Liam Livingstone Having Any Future In England Test Team
Jos Buttler enjoyed a good run with the England Test team since 2018 but failed to score big runs and some crucial mistakes with the gloves behind the stumps in the Ashes 2021 against Australia, which meant England moved onto Ben Foakes behind the stumps and brought back Jonny Bairstow in the mix.
Then there is Liam Livingstone, who recently scored the second-fastest ODI fifty in 17 balls, is yet to play Test cricket, but has become an integral part of England white-ball cricket.
Moeen Ali, who officially unretired himself from Test cricket after a call with Brendon McCullum, said Jos Buttler has the mind set of a Test player, while also said that Livingstone has tons of first-class experience under him and both of them would do well under Brendon McCullum.
Speaking on BBC Test Match Special, Moeen said: “Jos has played quite a bit already, he’s got a couple of really good hundreds in Test cricket and he does have the technique and the mindset to be a good Test player. Livingstone obviously hasn’t played [Test cricket before], but I do believe that he’s actually got a very good technique when it comes to batting. He’s obviously got a super hitting technique, but generally his technique is still good.
“He’s played a lot of first-class cricket and I know he’s got some hundreds, so he does have that experience behind him. I think when we’re going to Pakistan he’ll be a great shout because he would fit into this environment. Looking from afar when you’re watching this brand of Test cricket we’re playing at the minute, he’s somebody who could potentially thrive off that.”